I apologize if I seem all over the place lately! I have not given up on my plans to organize our basement, bathroom, etc. but I often find it difficult whether because of schedules, or as of late not feeling well, to always remain rigid in my plans to organize a particular space. Over the weekend my daughter and I weren’t feeling great, so while I worked on the basement for quite a while Saturday, I didn’t get back to it and chose to do smaller projects. That allowed me to actually complete some things on my list, and I was able to choose things that didn’t take so much time and energy that I wound up feeling spent by noon. I’m a huge planner and planning is great, but I think in all aspects of life we have to remain flexible for the unexpected. And when you have as many projects on the to-do list as I do, something’s always getting done anyway!
With that said, I obviously haven’t gotten to where I want to be with the organizing for this month, so sharing that will have to wait until maybe next week. I also am finishing up a craft project that was started at our MOPS meeting last week, and when that is complete I will share that, too.
Sooooooo…for today I thought that I would share how I organize my Pinterest boards. In another post (hopefully tomorrow), I will share how I maximize my use of Pinterest and how it saves me time.
I will start by saying I have a LOT.OF.BOARDS. I quickly discovered that some categories were getting over 100+ pins, and that if I ever wanted to find a specific recipe or idea, I was going to have to fine tune my organization on Pinterest, just as I would if it was a filing cabinet or binder (which in essence, it is).
For the record, that was my first successful screenshot. I did a mini-cartwheel when I got it to work.
You can see on the screenshot that just in the “Food” category I have several boards. Anyone who’s on Pinterest knows that there are a plethora of recipes to be had! To help me find recipes when I want them (more on how I actually make sure I use the recipes later), I divide my food boards up like this:
Food: Appetizers & Dips
Food: Breakfast and Brunch
Food: Cake & Cupcakes
Food: Chocolate Fix (yes, there needs to be an entire category devoted just to chocolate)
Food: Lunch Ideas
Food: Main Dishes
Food: Mixes, Sauces & Tips
Food: Side Dishes & Salads
I also have boards titled “Drinks”, “Nutrition Bars & Shakes”, and “I Scream You Scream” (which obviously has ice cream and frozen desserts in it). I haven’t yet but intend to add “Food” in front of each title. I do that so that when I’m pinning something, all of the like categories are together (alphabetized after “Food”), making it easier to find the board and pin it where I want to. If Pinterest was made it easier to organize boards on my profile page, those would be alphabetical as well, but the last time I attempted that I got frustrated and gave up!
I am not finished with it, but recently started doing a similar organization system for decorating and organizing boards. They look like this:
Sorry, not having luck resizing the images yet. I’m learning.
I got excited when Pinterest recently added secret boards, allowing users to have (up to three) secret boards where you can pin things for your use but that others can’t see. I’ve found this to be very helpful when planning a party that I want to be somewhat of a surprise until after the fact, for planning gift giving, or whatever else I want to have a place for but don’t necessarily want to share with the world.
You can see my boards and follow me on Pinterest by clicking the Pinterest raindrop below the umbrella on my blog. Look at your own boards and how many pins are on each. Do you have some boards that are getting out of control? Could you divide that up into more specific categories? You’ll find that life’s a lot easier when you want to retrieve specific pins if you organize them as much as you can. (And the sooner you do it, the less you have to go back and fix later.)